CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
A man tells some children a dark, but realistic story in which being good does not pay off.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
How the Internet Came to Be
Shelby Ostergaard explains how the Internet developed and how it works today.
How You See Yourself
Set to Go
A person’s self-image is crucial for developing positive decision-making skills and maintaining good relationships.
'Day of Infamy' Speech
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR delivered this speech to the nation.
“Help Him Up!”: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform
A reporter describes witnesses’ reactions to a man falling onto New York City subway tracks.
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Dickinson calls public life "dreary" and takes pride in maintaining a private identity.
Scientists Reveal Three Keys to Happiness
Stephen and Rachel Kaplan’s study identifies three important elements for achieving happiness.
Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth
In his final diary entry, John Wilkes Booth justifies his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wonders at his fate.
The Road to American Independence
This text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.
Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells
Rob Stein and Michaeleen Doucleff
This article discusses advancements in the field of stem cell research as of 2013 — and the ethical questions accompanying them.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A girl’s brother is arrested and sent to a corrupt prison in Nigeria.
Daughter of Invention
A girl who has recently moved from the Dominican Republic to America prepares a speech to present in front of her school.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a deadly industrial disaster caused by unsafe working conditions.
The Rush of Immigrants
This informational text describes the tide of new immigrants to the United States from the mid-1800s to the 1920s.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
America's Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK
The Ku Klux Klan has experienced various waves of popularity and activity throughout history.
What do you want (really, really want) out of your college education?
Richard Gunderman discusses what a college education can provide for students.
Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text discusses the treatment of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps and their eventual liberation.